Balsamic Chicken Salad Recipe
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Balsamic Chicken Salad Recipe

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“This is an easy, elegant and tasty alternative to TV dinners,” Rebecca Lindamood shares from Le Roy, New York. “My husband fell in love with this main course the first time I served it and regularly requests that I make it again.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each), cut into 3-inch strips
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1-1/2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups torn mixed salad greens

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 226 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 173 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 fat, 1 vegetable


  1. In a large skillet, saute chicken in 1 tablespoon oil until no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from pan.
  2. In the same skillet, bring vinegar to a boil. Add the chicken, tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper and remaining oil; cook and stir until heated through. Divide salad greens among six plates; top with chicken mixture. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Balsamic Chicken Salad in Simple & Delicious September/October 2006, p13

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Mar. 2, 2016

"I really enjoyed this! I did change the recipe, but the basic recipe was wonderful! I added 1 tsp oregano, a small can of black olives, added a half cup more of the tomatoes, probably could have added a full cup, used 2 tsp garlic, and then used rotini pasta instead of lettuce, and topped with feta cheese. I also added some sea salt during the cooking. Delicious! I thought about adding finely sliced red onion in the future. My husband loved it!"

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2015

"Nice light salad. Nothing spectacular about it, but definitely an easy recipe for hot summer days."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2014

"Delicious! I loved this main dish salad and served it with crusty bread on the side."

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2013

"Good flavor"

Reviewed Mar. 26, 2009

" 5 w.w. points

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